Sunday, July 31, 2011

What do you think about those people who claim and who don't go to work for a living etc

I have never really thought too much about it really. I suppose I feel really sorry for those genuine folk who really would like to go out to work but who cannot. There are all sorts of folk out there who really cannot work and for good reasons too i.e., there genuinely isn't any work in the areas where they reside, they are severely disabled, badly injured or they are far too ill to go out to work etc.

Ever since the age of almost 16yrs old (a school leaver) I have never shirked work. I have worked hard for a living for much of my life and there are times when I’ve woken up in the morning and I have felt like just lying down and not wanting to get out of bed sometimes because I have felt so tired, however I have still forced myself to go and do a full days work because I have a sense of pride in myself and I did not want to allow myself to get onto a system which allowed me to sit back and feel I was claiming something for nothing so to speak.

To date I have never claimed anything for being unemployed, however as I mentioned earlier there are cases when folk genuinely can't go out to work. If there ever came a time when even I should need to claim anything then at least I know I have put a lot of taxes into the system already therefore I should not feel guilty for claiming and being in-between jobs.

There are a number of folk who are work shy out there and they have no sense of pride in themselves. I have heard remarks such as it not being an option getting back into work because they are much better off claiming for not being in work! I have seen some folk living almost the same lifestyle as me and they're not working.

I was a Mother who took some time away from work to care for my children when they were both young....however when they were both old enough I enrolled at a local College in order for me to update all of my previous qualification, plus a few more before I considered going back to the work force again. It wasn't an easy task seeking work again however I kept on trying for what ever available position came up and then I struck lucky.

I think folk should be able to prove they are seeking work by showing the job centre just how many of the vacant jobs they have applied for. Of course if they are not qualified to do any of the jobs (they have no qualifications) then they should be eligible to do whatever job needs doing. You can't do a brain surgeons job if you're not qualified to do it! I admire those folk who try their hardest to make a living for themselves without them having to earn a wage in an underhanded/illegal manner.

I don't have a problem with all of those genuine folk out there who literally cannot go to work. I do have a problem with those folk who cannot prove they have ever put anything into the system to gain something out of it.

There are a lot of University/College/Sixth form students who are genuinely seeking work too but who cannot find the work because they lack experience. I believe in getting out there and finding work, any work to beggin with and for them to try their hand at just going out to work in a work place before they seek work in the top positions they would ideally like one day. Just getting a bit of work experience behind them is something to admire anyone for.

I feel sorry for all of those much older folk who are sometimes put on the scrap heap because some folk consider them too old in the work force and they are only looking for much younger employees only.

I really feel that a good place of employment would always employ a good mixture of the different types of folk they have working for them....that's provided they are qualified to do the job if they are mature folk....if they are school leavers etc then a willingness to learn the job can always help if they are suitably qualified.

For all of those folk looking for work out there, I wish them all the best of luck in their quest. It's not always easy however it is all about trying, wanting and the willingness to work which ultimately could help land themselves into a good job. Good luck.

SmileyRose x

What's your favorite number?

7

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

Awww Cute!

A Chimp Feeds A Tiger  :)



SmileyRose x

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Everything"

I'm listening to "Everything" by Michael Buble :)

SmileyRose x

"To Make You Feel My Love"

I'm listening to "To Make You Feel My Love" by Adele :)

SmileyRose x

Some More! Thank You Mr Posty :)

Goodness! The postman has just dropped yet some more birthday cards through my letter box. Excitement!  I can't wait to read them. ;)

I don't know about anyone else but it's always lovely to read nice mail.  You tend to get so much junk mail or bills etc put through your letter box these days, you don't always look forward to opening your mail any more...however just to get a nice letter/card etc it can sometimes help to cheer a person up.

There's nothing I like better than to get a hand written card/letter rather than the many emails/texts you seem to receive these days.  It just makes it seem more personal. It's lovely to see that someone has actually taken the time to write it in their own handwriting. You can't help but feel far more grateful to all of your friends and family when you open cards/letters and you actually read their personal little quips etc...I love it, although my brother does tend to be a little cheeky with his age jokes sometimes. ;)  :)

"Stop Mr Postman"  by The Carpenters



SmileyRose x

I Only Have One Left!

Hmmm do you love anyone enough to give them your last malteser? :)

By the way....Thanks to a really thoughtful/sweet person who bought me this box of maltesers...I love maltesers. :)

Ok...there's one still in the box. :)

SmileyRose x

ROSES

Depending On How Many You Recieve, This Is What They Mean :)


- 1 Rose  -  Love at the first sight; you are the one

- 2 Roses - Mutual love between both, deeply in love with one another

- 3 Roses - I love you

- 6 Roses -  I wanna be yours

- 7 Roses -  I'm infatuated with you

- 9 Roses - An Eternal love, together as long as we live

- 10 Roses - You are perfect

- 11 Roses - You are my treasured one; the one I love most in my life

- 12 Roses - Be my steady

- 13 Roses - Secret Admirer

- 15 Roses - I am truly sorry, please forgive me

- 20 Roses - Believe me, I am sincere towards you

- 21 Roses -  I am devoted to you

- 24 Roses - Can't stop thinking about you, 24 hours everyday

- 33 Roses -  Saying "I love you" with great affection

- 36 Roses - I will remember our romantic moments

- 40 Roses - My love for you is genuine

- 50 Roses -  Regretless love, this is

- 99 Roses -  I will love you for as long as I live

- 100 Roses -  Harmoniously together in a century; remaining devoted as couple till ripe-old age

- 101 Roses - You are my one and only love

- 108 Roses - Please marry me!

- 365 Roses - Can't stop thinking about you, each and everyday

- 999 Roses - Everlasting and Eternal love

(I wonder if it could also mean "everlasting bankruptcy!")

 ;)

"Roses Are Red, My Love" by Bobby Vinton



SmileyRose x

Thank You!

I received the most amazing birthday surprises from someone today and I am still sitting and playing with my new toys. LOL I feel like a little child who can't wait to play with her new toys. :)

I'm sitting down in the midst of helium balloons and roses thinking what an awesome day this has been today. One I shall treasure for a number of years to come.

Thank you so much. xxx










SmileyRose x

Friday, July 29, 2011

"The Only Way Is Up"

I'm listening to "The Only Way Is Up" by Yazz :)

SmileyRose x

Such A Lovely Day! Thank You All! :)

Thank you to all of those lovely folk who really made my birthday special today. :)

My birthday began with a call from my sister who is currently in the USA right now. She rang at about midnight and she wished me a Happy Birthday. It was extra special as both my sister and my little niece Angel sang to me. I could hear little Sky cheering them on in the background. Of course she could not sing as well as she is after all only 1yr old. :) Thank you, I love you xxx. :)

I received some lovely text messages wishing me a Happy Birthday this morning. Some of them quite unexpected. Thank you so very much. :)

I then went off to work and nothing could prepare me for the surprise I received from my work colleagues/friends. I was treated to a burst of song when they sang Happy Birthday to me and then I felt very touched when they presented me with presents and cards. Thank you so much to each and every one of you. I couldn't get around to thanking everyone individually today. There were a couple of folk in particular I meant to thank only I didn't think either of them were at work today, therefore I shall do that when I return next week. I was trembling this morning as I really had such a lovely surprise from you all. I couldn't think straight. :)

I then received a wonderful surprise later on in the morning. There were beautiful red roses delivered to me at work. Again I was shaking like a leaf when I realized they were for me. The delivery lady must have thought I was crackers as my hands were shaking so much. Thank you so much you lovely people....I love you so much. Xxx :)

Thank you to all of those folk whom I didn't know terribly well but who all wished me a Happy Birthday today. Some folk are really so sweet. :)

It was lovely to bump into some folk I've not seen for some time. Great to see you xxx

I then had other surprises when I came home this evening to some more lovely cards, messages and presents from some more family and friends. My dad sang Happy Birthday to me. :)  Thank you to all of you, I love you all. xxxx :)

Hmmm I'm looking forward to getting some more presents later on today....but in the mean time....it has been a lovely day. :):):)

Thank you all I have been feeling a little overwhelmed...it's all so very tiring when you reach my age. ;)  I am so lucky to have such lovely and caring folk around me. xxxxxx

SmileyRose x

A Director

Hmmm being a film director is a job I would have liked to have done as a younger woman. :)

I had to chortle to myself this morning as I listened to Peterborough Heart Radio.  There was a young girl on the programme and she was asked a few questions to see if she could win a prize.  One of the questions asked was "What does David Cameron do?"  and her reply was "Director."  LOL ;)  I suppose she was correct in a way. A director controls/manages and Mr Cameron kind of controls the country. ;)

SmileyRose x

Happy Birthday SmileyRose

Thank you :)

I Wish I Was 21 Again ;)





SmileyRose x

For All Of Those Lonely Folk

I read an article today which mentioned how many folk are all feeling rather lonely these days.  It seems that our lifestyles have changed and folk are not as friendly as they once were. Many folk seem to work longer hours, there are so many machines around these days which have replaced human contact  and when you telephone some services they all seem to be machines which you speak to which take you through a push button service to get through to where you want to be. Ewwww! I really do feel sorry for all of those retired and lonely folk out there. I loved the times when folk actually used to take the time to meet up and have a coffee.  The simple things which we all made the time for.

A poem for the lonely

A lonely flower in a field
A lonely child does not yield
A lonely star in the night sky
A lonely man gives up to die
A lonely car in a lonely street
A lonely girl admits defeat
The loneliness affects us all
A gutless fight, a pitless fall
A lonely time in my daily routine
Sets the tone; a deserted scene
A lonely lamb, underneath a tree
Right now, a lonely me. 


One for the girls............
"Hey There Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman



One for the boys.........

"Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold


SmileyRose x

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

I went to see the recent and the very final Harry Potter film this evening. It was awesome!  The film gets my full ten points...which is very rare coming from me. ;)

JK Rowling is simply one of the best!  The film is outstanding and it has an all star cast who were absolutely fabulous!

I simply loved the film and I strongly urge all of those folk who have not been to see the film yet to go and watch it.  It's a must.

I won't spoil it for anyone else as I know my sister hasn't taken her children to see the film yet. :)

SmileyRose x

"Beautiful"

I'm listening to "Beautiful" by James Blunt :)

SmileyRose x

Chocolate Friday....YAY!

I had the most wonderful surprise about an hour ago.  My little sister has finally got me back. :)  When my siblings were much younger and I first went out to work I used to buy them chocolates every Friday after I finished work. 

Many years later my sister adopted the idea in her work place and her office have what is known as  'Chocolate Friday' every Friday whereby she places chocolates on a small table for all of her workers.   :)

She finally got me back after all of these years.  I have just opened a parcel with a box of yummyThorntons chocolates in it. It even has a photograph of my niece on the front cover. Wow! How special is that. :)

Thank you so much. :)

In fact thank you to all of those folk who have given me presents for tomorrow. I love you all. xxxx

SmileyRose x

Do you have a special memory of someone being nice to you when you were an adult?

Of course I have lots special memories. :)

A number of the folk I have associated with have often been very nice to me. You may get just the one or two folk who aren't very nice, however when you consider how many folk I have known during all of my years as an adult who have all been nice to me, then there are relatively a small amount of folk who have behaved abysmally and they're not even worth mentioning. :)

The nice things folks have done?...there are far too many to mention.:)

I'll name just one or two.:) I once worked in a factory making underwear for M&S shortly after leaving school. I worked hard during the day whilst I studied at evening classes when I attended a local college in Stamford. There was this guy whom I didn't know terribly well and he very kindly placed some flowers in a small bottle at my work station one morning just before I started work. I'm unsure why he did this but the gesture was very sweet and I've never forgotten him or how good he made me feel that morning.:)

When I worked at a Stamford hotel as a receptionist a number of years ago I remember a lady customer who went away on a holiday and she brought me back this fabulous handbag as a present. I hardly knew her at all. How sweet was that! :)

When I worked at a Stamford fashion boutique a number of years ago I remember a few of the regular customers who'd often come into the shop and they often had something nice to say to me. Just the little things like complimenting me on the clothes I was wearing or the way I did my hair etc just seemed to make the difference to my day. It made you feel good about yourself. Not enough folk pay compliments these days but when they do it's always welcomed. :)

I have had total strangers buy me chocolates or cups of coffees when I've been at the work place. Or when one of my colleagues offer me sweets/biscuits sometimes. Some folk are just so kind. :)

Many of my friends have done things which have been very sweet over the years. I have too many occasions to mention but I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for cheering me up during my times of need. :)

Sometimes you can just be standing at the bus stop and someone will just chat to you out of the blue. Just having a friendly conversation with someone can make the difference to your day. It can be the simplest of things which can cheer someone up sometimes.

Chatting to someone on the telephone and when they say something sweet to you it can help to make your day. A simple thank you goes down a treat too. :)

Last but not least, my family members have all done things which have been very sweet too...thanks to them for helping to keep my spirits up. One of my favourite years was when we all went out to a family picnic on my birthday. I had the most wonderful time...they were moments to treasure. :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Memories"

"Memories" by Barbara Streisand



SmileyRose x

Do you have a special memory of someone being nice to you when you were a child?

I have special memories of lots of folk being nice to me when I was a child. In fact as a child almost everyone I came across treated me very nicely. I was quite a loving child. I was also a very quiet child. I suppose most folk wanted to look after me and to help bring me out of my shell.

When I spent a fortnight in hospital aged just 7yrs old I was very nervous about going into hospital. I was admitted to Salisbury (Wiltshire) General Hospital to have my tonsils removed. There was this lovely old rocking horse in the children’s ward and I really wanted to have a go on it however there were a few children on the ward who were a little mean to me. They kept whispering to each other "Don't let her have a go" and it upset me. Then there was this little boy who came to my rescue. He may have been about a year older than me. He told all of the other children that they'd had a long enough turn on the rocking horse and now it was my turn. They all moved away from the horse and there I was having my go. One of the other girls complained that I'd had a long enough turn and I should let them all go back on the horse again but he told her in no uncertain terms that it was still my go as they'd all had a long enough on the horse and they shouldn't have behaved so mean towards me, so i must have a long turn too. :)

I remember this little boy looking after me for my entire stay in hospital. I was about to be discharged I remember him kissing me on the cheek and he told me he loved me. It is a very sweet memory I shall always treasure. :)

The nurses on the ward were very good to me. There was one nurse in particular I'd grown attached to during my stay in hospital and I didn't want to leave her when I was going home. I remember clinging onto her and telling her i wanted to stay with her. LOL the things you remember. She was very sweet to me. :)

I can name a number of occasions when someone has been nice to me. Not only as a child but also as an adult. :)

What celebrity do you want to join Formspring?

All of the nice ones. ;)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

"Cuddly Bear"

Awwww so cute. :)





















"Teddy Bear" by Elvis





SmileyRose x

"Greatest Love Of All"

by Whitney Houston.  This is another of those favourite songs. :)



SmileyRose x

"A Kiss From A Rose"

I'm listening to "A Kiss From A Rose" by Seal

SmileyRose x

Quite Touched

Today as I walked home there was a little girl who came running towards me. She looked a little unkempt. Her hair was very untidy. She had a magazine in her hand. She called me Lady. As she approached me she asked me if I could read and write. I smiled and I mentioned to her that I could do both. She then asked me to tell her what the word said where her finger was pointing. She asked if it was the name of a place and I informed her that it was the name of a caravan. She then asked me how much it cost, still pointing at the picture of the caravan. I informed her that it was over £2,000 pounds and she went away feeling really happy.

Later on I went for a walk and I noticed that the same little girl was playing at a traveller camp. The caravans were all parked where they should not have been parked but putting all of that aside I still felt very sorry the little girl, at her age, she could not read nor write. I then remembered how I managed to teach both of my children how to read and write before they attended school and it made me feel a little sorry for the little girl in question.

I suppose it made me think to myself just how wonderful it is to have the gift to be able to read and write. Just to pick up a book or an article and to be able to read it makes me feel so relaxed and happy. I then thought about how both of my children adored being read to when they were very young and how excited they were when they read their very first book all on their own.

The little girl made me feel sad. :(

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Cavatina"

by John Williams

I really love this piece of music....It is one of my favourites. :)




SmileyRose x

Awwww A Cute Cat













Image Source





SmileyRose x

What Did The Cobbler Say When A Cat Wandered Into His Shop?

Answer:

Shoe  :)


SmileyRose x

Cobbles

I said Cobbles! ;)

I photographed these in the town of Stamford not so long ago. Aren't they great? :)

















SmileyRose x

"Chasing Pavements"

by Adele

I became a fan of this lady a number of years ago after I first heard her sing this song.  I featured the song as being a favourite on my Piczo site.  It seems she's done extremely well since those early days.  Well done Adele. :)




SmileyRose x

Chase Me, Chase Me :)

A fellow was ordered to lose 75 pounds, due to VERY serious health risks. As he wondered how in the heck he would ever do it, he ran across an ad in the newspaper for a guaranteed weight loss program. "Guaranteed my ass", he thought to himself, but desperate, he calls them up and subscribes to the 3 day 10 pound weight loss program.

The next day there is a knock at his door and when he answers, there stands before him a voluptous, athletic, beautiful babe dressed in nothing but a pair of running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company.

The sign reads, "If you can catch me you can have me!"

Without a second thought he takes off after her. A few miles later, huffing and puffing, he finally catches her and has his way with her.

After they are through and she leaves, he thinks to himself, "I like the way this company does business."

The same girl shows up for the next two days and the same thing happens. On the fourth day he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost ten pounds, as promised.

So, he calls the company and orders from them their 5 day/ 20 pound program. As expected, the next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunningly beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life, wearing nothing but running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me."

He's after her in a shot. This girl is in great shape and it takes a while to catch her, but when he does, it's worth every cramp and wheeze. She is by far the best he's ever had. For the next four days, the same routine happens and much to his delight on the fifth day, he weighs himself and found he has lost another twenty pounds as promised!

He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7 day/50 pound loss program. "Are you sure," asks the representative on the phone, "this is our most rigorous program..." "Absolutely," he replies. "I haven't felt this great in years!"

The next day there is a knock at the door and when he opens it he finds Graham Norton standing there wearing nothing but pink racing spikes and a sign around his neck that reads, "If I catch you, I can have you!"

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dieting

Excitement! I can't wait to open my pack-up later on today. :(

 I've decided to take a packed lunch with me today and probably everyday for the next few weeks. I really would like to loose a few pounds therefore I'm watching what I eat.

Today's lunch consists of a small ham sandwich made with wholemeal bread and an apple. That's it!  I will not eat anything until I come home this evening when I intend to only eat a small salad.

I know it sounds boring but I'm making a conscious effort to do this. :) I've decided to not do this for anyone else but myself.  I celebrate another birthday this year and I'd like to live longer therefore I'm only going to try and eat more healthy from now on.. I may have the odd treat on special occasions, however that's only going to be once and a while. :)

So wish me luck. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Perfect Moment"


























































"Perfect Moment" by Martine Mccutcheon :)




SmileyRose x

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bond

"Shine" by Bond



SmileyRose x

OO7 Girl

Linda Christian, the very first woman to ever play a Bond Girl, has died at the age of 87.


SmileyRose x

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Let's have a sing-along.  Altogether now....Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay ;)

by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke :)



SmileyRose x

....And Now For A Bit Of Dessert

Spotted Dick to be precise. :)

It tasted yummy. :)

I really only ever associated Heinz wth baked beans or spaghetti...it wasn't until I tried their tasty puddings that I realized how good they were.  :)

SmileyRose x

'Take That'

I'm listening to "A Million Love Songs" by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

"Guilty"

by De Souza Ft. Shena :)




....and one for the ladies. ;)

The Chippendales :)


SmileyRose x

Have you ever had a different surname?

De Souza ;)

Who makes you laugh the hardest?

A number of folk. Some folk can really make me laugh out loud and I can feel the tears trickling down my cheeks as I'm laughing. :)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Run"

I'm listening to "Run" by Leona Lewis :)

SmileyRose x

"Amazing"

I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars :)

SmileyRose x

"The Best Thing I Never Had"

I'm listening to "The Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyonce Knowles :)

SmileyRose x

Do you think making your partner jealous is a good thing? Should there be jealousy to make the relationship a strong one?

A little jealousy never does anyone too much harm however I have heard that many a good relationship has suffered or even ended purely because of jealousy within the relationship which is the reason it is far better not to go down that path if you really care and love someone deeply.

If you really love someone you should be making them feel as if they're the only person in the world! It's important to make your partner feel special and to make them feel secure in the knowledge that you're not particularly interested in anyone else but them. I know it sounds corny at this day and age however there are all sorts of ways which folk can be lead astray...particularly via the internet or by simply texting. It can be enough to damage any good relationship particularly when seriously flirty texts turn into affairs. Well you've all read the newspapers and you've seen wives or husbands finding saucy text messages left on their partner's phones. Hmm I'm sure it can be a little shocking to find out your partner has been leading a double life with you and someone else.

A man/woman has to be prepared to work hard at their relationships and they need to show their partner that they're not about to stray with anyone else. It also means that men in particular should be showing the hussy’s that they're not interested. Everyone knows when someone such as this is behaving in an overly flirtatious manner just purely because they're being a little too attentive towards you or when they make open suggestions towards you then you should stay well alone if you're already in a serious relationship with someone else. It's a behaviour which is noticeable and most folk know when someone else is coming on to them quite strongly. In the case of single folk it can be a good sign but not when you make those same suggestions/come ones towards someone else who is already in a relationship, it really is noticeable when someone is doing this. :) Only a person who really wants to be lead astray....will stray. Do you really want to be in a relationship with someone like this?

If you want the relationship to work then you have to be prepared to work hard at it these days. If not then you may as well give up and move on. Always try being honest with each other though.

Jealousy is not a good thing unless you know your partner well enough and you know it's only a bit of harmless teasing/flirting with someone else who you know well enough not to want to hurt your relationship. You can soon get to know your partner and your friends well enough to know what they are like. Never trust a friend around your partner who you suspect may hurt your relationship in the first place. :)

If another woman/friend is making a play for my partner then I would hope my partner would put her firmly in her place for doing so...besides I am less likely to want to invite her to mine for a sociable evening if she's behaving badly when in good company. I prefer friends whom I can trust around my partner. :)

If a man is seriously trying to make me jealous by showing me he wants another partner then it's his prerogative to move on if that's what he wants. He doesn't need to make me feel jealous to show me that he's not interested in me anymore.... just the truth will do nicely and preferably if he ends one relationship before moving on to the next. There is something more admirable about a man who doesn't mess with your mind or mess around with anyone else behind your back, but he still chooses to end the relationship because he's fallen out of love. This does not only apply to a man, the same rule also applies to women. :)

At the end of the day...if someone really wants to move on in a relationship then they will do. Folk shouldn't need excuses to end a relationship. This is the reason why many folk feel as if they've been through hell and back when they're going through a relationship break up because some folk can't be honest.

Not many folk enjoy the idea of their partner sleeping with other folk whilst they are in a relationship with you, not unless it is a decision both persons have agreed to. It's not my cup of tea but each to their own. I enjoy being exclusive to just one man at a time and I would expect the same kind of respect in return from my man. ;)

PS Never do what you wouldn't want anyone else to do to you. ;)


For all of those folk who have been hurt by their partners.
"Strong Enough" by Cher



SmileyRose x



What celebrity would play you in the movie version of your life?

Wow! A good question. She'd have to be a pretty good actress. Someone like Renee Zellweger or Catherine Zeta Jones I think. Renee would of course need to dye her hair first though. ;) Erm it's a tough question to answer becuase I don't know too many good actresses who actually look like me. :)

Other good actresses also include: Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Anniston, Aishwarya Rai and Kate Winslett...but none of them quite have the same Napper looks. ;)

"Gold"

I'm listening to "Gold" by Spandau Ballet :)

SmileyRose x

"Build Me Up Buttercup"

I'm listening to "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations :)

SmileyRose x

Take A Seat :)

I was fortunate enough to snap the King Edward's Chair during a recent visit to Ely Cathedral when I attended a friends graduation. It is the same chair used in the film 'The King's Speech' which starred Colin Firth. :)






The actual coronation takes place while the monarch is seated in King (or Saint) Edward’s Chair (carved in 1297) which in turn houses the ‘Stone of Scone’ during the period of the coronation, the stone was returned to the scots in 1996 – the scots have promised to lend it back for future coronations.










Ely Cathedral
























































"Oh Happy Day" by The Cathedrals

SmileyRose x

A Nice Little Walk

Catherine and I enjoyed our little walk the other day whilst visiting London. We walked some of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk in the park before we had to turn back again because of heavy showers. Oh well! That's what you call typical British weather. ;)

I photographed this on the way. :)


















SmileyRose x

The National Lottery

Great news. I bought a lottery ticket this week. 

The bad news...I didn't win anything. :(

Will my luck ever change? :)






SmileyRose x

Tragic News

Tragic News For The Family And Friends of Amy Winehouse

The singer dies aged just 27 years old. RIP Amy Winehouse.

"Valerie" ...one of her most popular songs.



SmileyRose x

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"I've Had The Time Of My Life"

I'm listening to "I've Had The Time Of My Life" by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley :)

SmileyRose x

Queen

"Don't Stop Me Now" :)



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"On The Street Where You Live"


























From "My Fair Lady"

"On The Street Where You Live" by Sarah Pacheco (she has a fantastic voice) :)





SmileyRose x

In The Pink! Who's This?

I'm unsure who the guy is however I managed to capture him on photograph when I noticed Sky TV filming outside Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.  Hmmmm I liked his pink tie. In fact I managed to capture a few pinkish looking things on camera during my visit to London. :)



















I loved the pink frontage of this cake shop. :)


















My daughter did tell me off for taking this photograph however it had lovely pink roses on this wedding cake.

























Oh look! Then I saw a pink car. :)



















Pink certainly was a significant colour during my recent visit to London. :)


The Pink Panter Theme :)


SmileyRose x

"Mercy"

I'm listening to "Mercy" by Duffy :)

Not a lot of folk know this but "Merci" also means "ThankYou" in French. ;)

SmileyRose x

Who's Bananas?

Call me bananas if you like but I had a banana at lunch time this afternoon and I couldn't resist photographing a small bunch. :) Well they're colourful. :)



















"The Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte :)


SmileyRose x

"Together In Electric Dreams"

I'm listening to "Together In Electric Dreams" by Phil Oakley

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"We Are Family"

I'm listening to "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

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"Jar Of Hearts"

I'm listening to "Jar Of Hearts" by Christina Pirri

SmileyRose x

This Was Fun To Photograph

I've been experimenting and trying my hand at a little close up photography recently. It is just an ordinary photograph showing the stigma of a flower in my garden.  I thought it looked lovely. :)



















This was a photograph of a rose petal. :)



















The stigma of another flower in my garden. :)


















SmileyRose x

A Day Out In London

On Wednesday my eldest daughter and I decided to spend the day in London and so we caught the National Express coach from Peterborough to London Victoria.

When boarding the coach there was a man who worked for the National Express who checked the mobile phone ticket when I presented it to him. I wasn't very impressed by him when he tried to teach me to suck eggs by trying to correct my English when I showed him the tickets for my daughter and me (and not my daughter and I). Little did he know that he was incorrect in when he tried to correct my English! The company took my money for the trip and I did not need any added English lessons to go with it. How rude!

The travel down to London was fine. I felt sorry for one passenger in particular though. He sat opposite the loo at the back of the coach. On several occasions after the passengers used the loo they left the loo door ajar so that it kept opening and shutting on the entire journey to London. The poor guy had to keep slamming the door to keep it tightly closed which in turn was annoying for the rest of the passengers who sat in the vicinity. It would perhaps be adviseable if the coach drivers mentioned to all passengers to close the loo door tightly after they vacate it as it's likely to make the other passengers who pay good money for their tickets too, have a more pleasurable journey.

When we reached London we decided to look around a few shops and then it was off to Rubens for lunch. Lunch was very nice. I wasn't as happy lunching at the hotel as in previous years. At one time I used to look forward to sitting in the window which overlooked Buckingham Palace Rd. On the past two occasions I have visited the staff have made us sit by the bar which isn't where I would prefer to sit. So yet again I wasn't terribly happy on this occasion. I may try a different eating venue on my next visit.

We went for a walk to Buckingham Palace after lunch. I managed to take a few updated photographs of my daughter outside the palace. The weather managed to hold off for most of the day; however there was a very heavy shower at about 5pm as we were walking through Green Park. Luckily we both had our waterproofs and umbrellas with us.

There were crowds of folk everywhere pushing and shoving along the pathway as we walked from the coach station. Many did not seem to have the good manners to apologise for bashing into you. London just seemed so overcrowded. Many of the folk wheeling their cases from the station seemed to be foreign visitors as they did not seem to speak English. Many bashed their cases on more than one occasion into us. I wasn't terribly impressed.

I could not believe how the streets of London looked terribly dirty. There seemed to be a lot of fast food rubbish on the ground and left along the walls. Ewww!  It seems to me you end up spending a lot of money for lots of hassle when you visit London these days. I used to love my visits to London.

We had an OK ish day and the journey home was very comfortable.....I managed to close my eyes on the way back and I had 40 winks. The coach driver on our return journey had much more of a sense of humour. I liked him. ;)





















SmileyRose x

"Streets Of London"

Hmmm I really like this song by Roger Whittaker.  I first heard the song when I was about 11yrs old. One of my PE teachers at Uppingham school used to play the guitar and she sang the song during one school assembley. :)



SmileyRose x

Stopping For A Cuppa

My daughter and I just stopped for a cup of tea and as we switched the TV on for a few minutes. CBBC Friday Download was showing and there was the young presenter teaching some of the other young presenters on the programme some dance routines.  He's a fabulous dancer.  Wow! He made me stop to watch. :)

SmileyRose x

In your profile pic is that a photo of you when you were much younger?

LOL that question is just so funny. Of course it isn't. The photograph was only taken last week. If it was a picture which was taken many years ago I do not think I'd be holding my blackberry in my hand as a give away sign. In my younger days they didn't have mobile phones, we had to rely on smoke signals. ;)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

Hmm Could This Be A Horrible Boss?












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'Horrible Bosses'

Catherine (my daughter) and I went to the Showcase cinema this evening to watch 'Horrible Bosses.'  I won't spoil it for those who have not watched the film yet, however the film was very enjoyable and yes, there were a few laugh out loud moments.  It's well worth a watch particularly if you can recall ever working for a particularly horrible boss. ;) The film stars Jennifer Anniston and Hugh Jackman.

When we arrived home after the film we ate hotdogs and ginger beer. :)

SmileyRose x

I Really Enjoyed This

'Australia'

I sat down to watch the film 'Australia' this evening. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. It's set just before World War II during which the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces is experienced.

Nicole Kidman plays the part of an aristocratic English lady (Lady Sarah) who seeks some help from a driver )Hugh Hackman. The pair manage to drive thousands of cattle to Darwin for sale whilst a cattle manager by the name of Fletcher trys very hard to prevent them.  The Lady Sarah becomes very fond of a young boy named Nullah who has an Aboriginal mother and a white father.

The film is very touching and it is well worth a watch. :)

SmileyRose x

Friday, July 22, 2011

What's your interpretation of being British?

Wow! That's a good question. My interpretation of being British is not necessarily about where you were born. I know a few British folk who were born abroad, mainly because their parents were stationed in another country during a tour with the armed forces. When they moved back to Britain again they didn't all of a sudden become a citizen of the country they were born in. So it has nothing to do with your place of birth but more to do with how one perceives him/herself. There are still many British folk who live permanently in Spain etc who all prefer to still be known as British, but not Spanish. :)

Someone's colour should not determine whether or not they are a British citizen either. It has been known for black babies to be born to a white couple.

Both of my parents were brought up to speak the English language even though they were schooled abroad. They both attended English speaking schools. In fact my grandmother was from an English/Scots origin.

My interpretation of being British is being able to speak the British language as your first language...or speaking the national tongue of any other United Kingdom language ie., English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish. Both of my parents and my grandparents all spoke English as their first language therefore It followed that I should do the same. I did however learn how to speak a little french at school because french was a taught language at the schools which I attended. It doesn't do anyone any harm to learn another/second language at all. I remember a little school girl french which was taught at school. :)

It's nice to have the same celebrations as everyone else living in the country too. If I want to celebrate anything different then it's nice to visit abroad.

Which country do I root for when I'm watching sport if there is a foreign team playing? Of course I always vote for the English team because I am British. I don't think it matters if you are voting for the English, Scots, Welsh or Irish teams....they're all part of the United Kingdom anyway.

I tend not to celebrate anything differently here in the UK because my cultural background is very similar to most of the other British folk whom I went to school with. I have only ever attended British schools and we always celebrated the same British celebrations at our schools. Christmas was my favourite because not only did we celebrate the birth of Jesus from a religious point of view but I also enjoyed the festive side of the celebrations too. I don't think it really matters what religion someone else is just as long as folk all respect the religious ceremonies folk like to celebrate in what ever part of the world they visit.

I enjoy learning about foreign/other cultural celebrations also. It doesn't do anyone any harm to learn about other celebrations. I like to understand about other folks cultural background. However I am indeed British and I'm quite proud of this fact.

Being British should also be about displaying a loyalty to the country you reside in. Would you fight for your country? My father was of course in the British armed forces (RAF) therefore he was willing to fight for the country.

Well that's some of my own interpretation of being British.

PS Of course it also helps if you have a current passport which states you are a British citizen on it. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Smiley Hugs











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I Had A Special Hug! - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" ;)

I surprised my youngest daughter this evening. She'd just arrived safely home from a trip to Iceland. She looked a little worn out but she seemed excited about her recent trip.  I can't wait to catch up and find out how it all went. :)

Hmmm I've had my fix of hugs today from not one...but both of my daughters. :)

SmileyRose x

"If You're Not The One"

I'm listening to "If You're Not The One" by Daniel Bedingfield :)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers Any More"

by Neil Diamond and Barbara Steisand :)



SmileyRose x

"You Can Call Me Flower If You Want To I Don't Mind" :)

From the film Bambi. :)



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What's That Smell?

It smells like a new fragrant? *Sniff* *Sniff*  I think someone has just wafted by wearing Unconditional. Hmmm or was it a Mysterious Girl. ;)

Sad News

British actress Googie Withers, best known for TV's Within These Walls, has died in Australia aged 94. The India born actress moved to Australia in 1958 with husband, Australian actor John McCallum - he helped create the classic television series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. McCallum died last year aged  91yrs. The couple co-starred in 10 films together and they lived in Sydney until McCallum died last year.

SmileyRose x

Monday, July 18, 2011

Do you think good communication is good in a relationship? Does it help to be able to speak the same language?

Good communication certainly helps. Everyone is different therefore I would not like to speak on behalf of anyone else but myself on this matter. I really feel that every relationship benefits from having good communication skills, however I certainly do not think lacking communication only affects relationships. If there isn't good communication in the work force or among your friendships for example then of course it can have a lasting effect on those folk you are in touch with on an every day basis. It can become quite frustrating if you are trying to ask questions or relay a message across to someone who does not understand you sometimes.

If you reside in a country on a long term basis then it is very important to learn the language of that country, if only for emergencies. It is far better to be able to telephone the police or the ambulance/fire services and to be able to tell the person on the other end of the phone what the problem is without leaving them to guess. If only for safety reasons I really think it is important to speak the language well wherever you choose to reside. Well that's my own personal feelings. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. :)

What is your favorite summer memory?

Most of my past summer holidays are always a favourite memory. Just relaxing and being away from a working environment can be pleasureable, therefore a good holiday always leaves me with good memories. :)

Ask Me Anything, Just As Long As It's Within Reason. :)

Something A Bit Spicy And A Little Extra For Some Who Like It Hot. ;)

If you're like me then there's nothing I like better than eating an Indian curry sometimes. However not a lot of folk realize it but in order to make a delicious curry it must contain some Indian spices just to make it taste extra yummy, therefore I've been reading up on which spices are best to use in your favourite curry.

Why not try Garam Masala which is considered a sort of "staple spice" of India. Other spices include coriander, cumin, cloves, pepper, cardamom, chillies and anise to name just a few. You can also add a little chilli if you like it a little hot. ;)

Click Here:- Healthy Supplies of Spices

SmileyRose x

Himalayan Challenge

I've just been reading the Peterborough Heart radio site.  Next March they are offering folk to join the Team Heart's Himalayan Challenge - and their aim is to raise money for Have a Heart Children's Hospices in the UK.

It's an adventure to trek through the fabulous Himalayas, Annapuma Range. Apparently it has some of the highest peaks in the world. The team will camp out in the foothills then on the following morning they will walk in the beautiful Nepali scenery.  They will also explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, home to temples, monkeys and markets!

It sounds great! :)

Click Here For Full Details

SmileyRose x

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off To Have A Good Time"

I'm listening to "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off To Have A Good Time" by Jermaine Stewart. :)

SmileyRose x

"Amazing"

I'm listening to "Amazing" by Bruno Mars. :)

SmileyRose x

"Smile"

I'm listening to "Smile" by Mcfly. :)




























SmileyRose x

'Tonight's The Night'

I sat down to watch 'Tonight's The Night' on the TV recently.  I must say I've never watched the programme before however it looked to be a good family entertainment programme. The programme helps make some dreams come true for some folk. HmmI bet they wouldn't be able to make my dreams come true though. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Gold"

I'm listening to "Gold" by Spandau Ballet. :)

SmileyRose x

Flirting

Are you a flirtacious sort of person? 

I've just been listening to Jason on Heart radio and he was chatting about flirting. Apparently men who flirt do it purely out of boredom...whereas woman who flirt do it purely because they are happy. I'm unsure about that because I've seen folk who like to flirt purely out of desperation.  :)

I wouldn't say that I am an overly flirtacious sort of woman. I never have been. I've always had my share of boyfriends however that had nothing whatsoever to do with being flirtacious with them. If someone talks to me in a civil manner then I often talk back in the same manner too.  I think most decent guys I've dated have often dated me because I was a nice sort of person.

I've mostly been in long term relationships with guys and the few short term relationships I have had have often been as a result of either person not really hitting it off together. None of my relationships began with me being flirtacious....but only talking. :)

I may not be overly flirtacious but I am sexually attracted to men only....that is different to being flirtacious though. I try not to send out the wrong vibes to wrong folk. If I send out the right vibes to the right guys then I'm happy. :)

Take the below photographs for instance...none of them are of me showing off too much of my cleavage etc which would indicate that I'm not desperate in any way. The photographs mostly show a woman who is happy and who likes to smile. It would perhaps suggest I was a bit cheeky sometimes, but that's just me being me. :)




















SmileyRose x

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"Hero"

I'm listening to "Hero" by Bonnie Tyler :)

SmileyRose x

Kissing - A Novel Idea

What a novel idea, kissing seats in the garden.  I came across these when I visited the Newmarket Museum a couple of months ago. I quite like them. It would be a great place to kiss and make up after a little fall out. ;)

















SmileyRose x

Kissing The Goat

Does this remind you of the media and some of the stories they like to print? Well this would certainly make news headlines. Ever kissed a goat? ;)


A Scottish old timer in Scotland, in a bar, talking to a young man.
The Old Man says, "Lad, look out there to the field. Do ya see that fence? Look how well it's built. I built that fence stone by stone with me own two hands. I piled it for months."
"But do they call me McGreggor-the-Fence-Builder? Nooo..."
Then the old man gestured at the bar. "Look here at the bar. Do ya see how smooth and just it is? I planed that surface down by me own achin' back. I carved that wood with me own hard labour, for eight days."
"But do they call me McGreggor-the-Bar-builder? Nooo..."
Then the old man points out the window. "Eh, Laddy, look out to sea...Do ya see that pier that stretches out as far as the eye can see? I built that pier with the sweat off me back. I nailed it board by board."
"But do they call me McGreggor-the-Pier-Builder? Nooo..."
Then the old man looks around nervously, trying to make sure no one is paying attention.
"But ya kiss one goat..........."

:)
SmileyRose x

"She's The One"

I'm listening to "She's The One" by Robbie Williams :)

SmileyRose x

Our Kid

I photographed this little fellow when I visited Sacrewell Farm earlier in the year. Isn't he adorable? :)
















"You Just Might See Me Cry" by Our Kid
Whatever happened to these likely lads? :)


SmileyRose x

Kakorrhaphiophobia

Speaking of spells :)....Can you spell, let alone say Kakorrhaphiophobia? :)

Are you wondering what on earth it means?

It means the fear of failure.  Do you fear being a failure? :)

SmileyRose x

Harry Potter opens today. If you were going to cast a magic spell, what spell would you cast?

Hmmm now that's a tough question. I'd probably cast a spell to make everyone in the country or even the world be respectful of each other and everyone would live peacefully as folk ought to live. :)

Then I'd cast a little spell on the end of all of that. Just a little one. I'd want the frog to turn into a handsome prince charming. Is that all too much to ask for? ;)

"The Power Of Love"

I'm listening to "The Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News :)

SmileyRose x

An Englishmans Home Is His Castle

....Even if it is off the coast of Wales. ;)

Apparently this island is selling for a mere £750,00 and it has its own crumbly castle too. It looks very picturesque and at least there'd be no noisy neighbours. ;) Who's up for buying this little piece?  If it's anyone I know...I bagsy being the Princess of the castle, just waiting for the frog to show up. :)

Click Here Napoleonic castle, Thorn Island Fort, off the coast of Pembrokeshire

SmileyRose x

"Relight My Fire"

I'm listening to "Relight My Fire" by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

Disco Smiley

Dis co here and dis co there...whoa. I love the 80's. :)

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